UGLY: Transparent Red Vinyl LPMTHDVB5
Label: Method Records
Release Date: 3rd March
slowthai is one of a few artists that you know is in touching distance of greatness, who could one day make their masterpiece, is 'UGLY' his closest attempt yet? Either way, he's got the indie producer of the moment Dan Carey in too add some extra urgency and a live post-punk, krautrock, rock edge to what may be slowthai's most immediate and personal record yet.
UGLY is slowthai pulling himself apart and exposing his anxieties of the last couple of years, an acronym for U Gotta Love Yourself. Musically, this new album may show a side of him that people haven’t heard before but he sees it as the fullest picture yet - and attentive listeners will have noticed this musical tendency before. UGLY is about reconnecting with first principles. Plunging into rock music with as much singing as rapping, it is both a striking departure for slowthai and a return to the roots of Tyron Frampton. Recorded in producer Dan Carey’s home studio alongside frequent collaborator Kwes Darko, UGLY is a fluid combination of musicians including Ethan P. Flynn, Jockstrap’s Taylor Skye, Beabadoobee guitarist Jacob Bugden, drummer Liam Toon, and on the dark and woozy title track, his friends Fontaines D.C.